One of the greatest attractions of a city is that there’s everything you could possibly need or want,
all around you, there are big and small businesses that do everything for you. It’s convenient. As long as you can pay, you can have anything. In cities a host of “others” have control over supply of everything you may need. In a crisis, it’s that very condition that becomes your greatest danger. You can’t remove yourself from the dependency on others and suddenly become self-reliant. You have very little control over your surroundings and the services you need.
In a crisis, the first locations to be hit with food shortages are cities, and you may find you have no alternate supply of food. this is true of any city, no matter how nice it is in good times, but if there’s a food shortage and some people are desperate. Your not going to want to be walking home from a supermarket with a loaf of bread under your arm.
If your lucky enough to have a few cupboards full of food when disaster strikes, what about the most basic needs like water, electricity, cooking gas and so on, they are piped directly to your house or apartment what happens if they stop working?
Your ability for self-reliance is very low indeed, You can’t simply go out and collect some firewood to stay warm or cook, how do you bathe if the water stops coming out the tap?
In a crisis, none of the attractions of city life continue to matter or have any value. The city becomes your greatest liability.
I’m not suggesting some sort of doomsday scenario is around the corner, what I am saying however is that if you live in a city and you want to minimize your exposure to risk should the worst happen.
Then there are things you can do to mitigate your exposure to these risks.
Some of us are blessed enough to be able to have a small place in
the countryside or better yet in another country altogether which we may use as a bolt hole.
But if this isn’t currently achievable as might be the case for many more of us, then there are still things you can do to help secure your basic needs.
In some places like in the UK garden allotments are available to rent for a very small fee, if you can find one then it’s well worth getting your hands dirty growing some vegetables. Our son learnt a lot in our allotment while we lived in London he was two at the time and still talks about it even now.
There are often also community garden associations or small farms of sorts on the outskirts of towns and cities that offer some form of paid membership in exchange for a share of produce, again this is well worth exploring, even if nothing ever happens you’ll still have fresh fruits and vegetables to enjoy that you’ve already paid for.
Having a home BBQ could be very useful should the utilities stop working properly as you can still cook.
There are many other things you can do as well, perhaps you have a relative or good friend in the country somewhere, maybe you could stay there for a time?
but the main point is, have a plan B,
At least take a few minutes, sit down and write a few notes of what a plan B means to you and start taking some simple steps to implement it.
As a side note:
I’m not one for advertising and pushy sales talks but If any readers would like a more in depth personalized consultation on how to best address their current situation I do offer this as a paid service, as always the first consultation is free and if you feel I would be helpful as an advisor going forward then we can discuss costs based on your individual needs.
Until next time